Definition of panache
1 : an ornamental tuft (as of feathers) especially on a helmet The palace guard had a panache on his helmet.
2 : dash or flamboyance in style and action : verve flashed his … smile and waved with the panache of a big-city mayor — Joe Morgenstern
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Examples of panache in a Sentence
She played the role of hostess with great panache.
Recent Examples of panache from the Web
In 20 brisk minutes, Ling and the orchestra conjured all the opera's most memorable tunes, delivering each with enough swagger, panache, and lyricism to make one forget about the lack of vocalists.
Will personable servers with limited cooking skills be trained to prepare/finish dishes tableside or will chefs with kitchen chops but not necessarily service panache?
There is a beat to Nashville now that has nothing to do with the boot-scooting boogie; a panache that extends way beyond Printers’ Alley.
With panache, veteran menswear designer Veronique Nichanian proved this again in a classy, masculine show Saturday for spring-summer 2018.
As in the Times piece, the story-telling has panache and is rich in telling detail.
There is a beat to Nashville now that has nothing to do with the boot-scooting boogie; a panache that extends way beyond Printers' Alley.
These are utilitarian portable toilets with style and panache.
The 72-year-old is credited with bringing panache to J. Crew’s staid image early in his tenure.
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Few can match the panache of French poet and soldier Cyrano de Bergerac. In his dying moments, he declared that the one thing left to him was his panache, and that assertion at once demonstrates the meaning of the word and draws upon its history. Panache derives via Middle French from Late Latin pinnaculum, meaning "small wing" or "gable," a root that also gave English the word pinnacle. In both French and English, panache originally referred to a showy, feathery plume on a hat or helmet; its "dashing" figurative sense developed from the verve and swagger of one bold enough to wear such an adornment in public. When the dying Cyrano turned his huge nose heavenward and spoke of his panache, his nose became the literal and figurative pinnacle of a multifaceted pun.
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: lots of energy and style
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